Boise man charged after hit-and-run, chase with deputies

November 26, 2013 

— A 21-year-old Boise man was arrested Saturday night after leading police on a pursuit after a hit-and-run, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

It started just after Jesse Hernandez rear-ended another car at Overland Road and South Spanish Sun Way near Meridian, then drove away. The driver of the other car called 911, and provided dispatchers with a description of Hernandez’ white Chevy Tahoe.

Deputies say they spotted the Tahoe minutes later near the intersection of Linder and Victory Roads, where he drove through a stop sign.

When a deputy activated lights and sirens in an attempt to pull Hernandez over, the man kept going south on Linder Road, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Patrick Orr.

Hernandez swerved into the northbound lane and ran another stop sign before pulling over near the Linderwood Drive intersection, Orr said. Deputies say they were using a loudspeaker to instruct the suspect not to move when he took off again, speeding down Linder Road.

Spike strips were deployed near Lake Hazel Road, flattening the Tahoe’s two front tires, but Hernandez continued driving on the rims at about 30 miles per hour.

Orr said the suspect drove over two more sets of spike strips and ran two more stop signs before turning east onto Avalon Street. That’s when a deputy used a PIT maneuver to bring Hernandez to a halt, ramming his patrol car into the Tahoe’s passenger-side quarterpanel.

Hernandez allegedly told deputies he had made a “mistake.” Deputies say the suspect smelled strongly of alcohol, and had a blood alcohol content of .208. He was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail.

Hernandez was charged with DUI, eluding police, and leaving the scene of an accident, all misdemeanors. He posted $1,600 bond Sunday, but is due in court Wednesday afternoon for an arraignment.

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